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republicans and we saw this happening with the sandy aid where he didn't put the sandy relief bill on the floor, moderate republicans like peter king from new york, other atlanta -- the speaker brought that up very quickly without the support of the entire caucus. he broke what we call here in washington the hastert rule, we need a majority of the majority to bring something forward. he would need to do something with guns, and without moderate republicans calling on the speaker to bring something to the floor, it's going to be very difficult for the speaker in leadership to have the political cover that they need. so if the president needs to target somebody, it's these moderate republicans and get the people in their districts riled up. >> karen, do you agree with that assessme assessment? >> i think there is a dangerous for the republican party here in the same way we have seen in a number of these other debate where is the fringe, the far right gets so ridiculous. saying that the president is using children as human shields, likening him to hitler and stallen, and some of that
checks and mental health records. republicans know that sandy hook was such a tragedy that they have to do something. the problem i have, who on are the democrats up for re-election, they are going to determine the debate more than the republicans. >> how does the president avoid the second term curse? >> he is trying to use his organization to get out his message and ideas. what could happen, which would be a problem, if all of tfightig continues to happen, and drives out his ideas. i think the nonprofit will get around that and keep the conversation at least about ideas. >> you believe in this group? ? i do. i do i'm drinking the kool aid. >> the republicans know they lost the latino vote by 40 points. there's a great incentive to come together on something for their political benefit. that's is an issue where it's irrelevant. 2005, bush took up social security. he was a part of himself on that issue. versus obama taking on a few issues. gun control, there's room, executive orders. there's a way to get around it. >> quickly, the biggest thing for the president in the second term, c
of that on these big fights and it's about seizing the moment because the further and further you get from the sandy hook tragedy, the less you're likely to achieve and he's trying to make this happen swiftly. >> let's talk about second terms. how have presidents comparatively, how have they feared in his second term. that's when the big scandal happens. the iran-contra and watergate, the monica lewinsky. how can we forget and the fallout during the bush administration over the iraq war and hurricane katrina, so certainly, things could get a little worse for the president in the coming years, but he does start with the decent approval rating and at least part of congress on his side on most issues. >> you do have to wonder how much of his political capital he'll use on gun control in his short term, before immigration and not even just talking about the debt ceiling, but if he is to do -- with regard to the gun control and universal background checks and he is going to have to spend a great deal of time and a great deal of political capital to get that done. >> the white house says a few things abou
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